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Darien's youth 'Got Talent' and took top awards

Published 6:28 pm, Friday, July 6, 2012

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  • Pictured are Leo Meyer (auditions judge), Cristina Spinei (auditions judge), Toni DeCarlo (auditions) judge), John McL. Doelp (finals judge), Barbara Goldsmith (finals judge), Amy Allen (Darien Arts Centerís Executive Director), Theresa Du (Second Place winner), Doug Allen (Third-Place winner), Christopher Jessup (First-Place winner), Dan Micciche (finals judge), Ted Yudain (auditions judge). Finals judges not pictured include Edwin Schloss, Dorothy Kolinsky and Matthew Porretta (auditions judge). Photo: Contributed Photo
    Pictured are Leo Meyer (auditions judge), Cristina Spinei (auditions judge), Toni DeCarlo (auditions) judge), John McL. Doelp (finals judge), Barbara Goldsmith (finals judge), Amy Allen (Darien Arts Centerís Executive Director), Theresa Du (Second Place winner), Doug Allen (Third-Place winner), Christopher Jessup (First-Place winner), Dan Micciche (finals judge), Ted Yudain (auditions judge). Finals judges not pictured include Edwin Schloss, Dorothy Kolinsky and Matthew Porretta (auditions judge). Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Two young pianists wowed the judges, as well as a sold-out crowd of 400, with their talent last Saturday night at the Darien Town Hall for the Darien Arts Center's first-ever Darien's Got Talent.

Teresa Du, a piano student at the DAC" and a seventh grade student at Middlesex Middle School, placed second performing Chopin's "Nocturne in C Sharp Minor." Christopher Jessup, a student at New Canaan Country School, took first place for performing an original composition titled "Concerto in Three Keys." Placing third was Doug Allen, a singer, songwriter from Stamford who performed original music and lyrics titled "Underground."

Darien's Got Talent was a fundraising event for the nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theater and music, as well as productions from its performing arts wing, The Darien Players and Cabaret Theatre. Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales, go toward funding these creative endeavors and help to continue the ongoing efforts of the DAC.